Daily activity of the Badger on setts in Darwin and Meschera (Russia)
in summer and autumn
Conservation Research: Zapovedna‚ Nauka, Volume 3, Number 2, 2018, pp.
The European badger's (Meles meles) daily activity was
studied in two regions of European Russia with camera traps.
The results of the study show that the daily activity of the
European badger on settlements does not differ in the compared populations
inhabiting Darwin Reserve and Meschera National Park. The badger appears on
surface often during the daylight contrary to the classical idea of nocturnal
activity of the species. More than half of all animal registrations occur at
daylight during the summer. The moderate climate of the study areas and low
level of human persecution are considered among the possible reasons of this
type of activity. The daily activity of the European badger undergoes markedly
seasonal changes in both populations. Badgers more often came out from their
setts during daylight in summer and at night in autumn. The results have
practical application in the organisation of the census of badgers by means of
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